HC Deb 21 May 1957 vol 570 c1012
13. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the increase in Scotland of the number of persons charged with being drunk in charge of a motor car; and if he will introduce legislation to provide increased penalties for this offence.

Mr. Maclay

The Scottish criminal statistics for 1956 show a substantial increase in the number of these offences, which I greatly deplore. The maximum penalties for driving under the influence of drink were increased by a provision, which came into force last November, of the Road Traffic Act, 1956. It is too soon to assess the effect of that legislation, but I shall keep the position under close review.

Mr. Rankin

That, at least, is welcome. May we take it from what the Minister has said that he is keeping in mind the idea of imposing, if necessary, more stringent penalties on these misguided missiles with their half-loaded warheads who are roaming the byways of Scotland today?

Sir T. Moore

But will not my right hon. Friend appreciate that the 30 days' imprisonment now being given quite freely, in Ayrshire at any rate, is having a most beneficial effect on the attitude of these wild young hooligans who drive round in high-powered cars?

Mr. Ross

And the not so young.